The sharing of goods and the social function of private property – Vatican News

The sharing of goods and the social function of private property In his homily on Sunday, 11 April, Pope Francis commented on the custom of the early Christians of sharing everything. We take a look at developments of the social Magisterium of the past century, which harken back to the great Fathers of the Church. By Andrea Tornielli The Acts of the Apostles tells us that “no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” This “is not communism; it is Christianity in its pure state.” With these words, Pope Francis, in the Mass celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday, commented on the sharing of goods realized in the first Christian community. Often, and even very recently, the current Bishop of Rome has been criticized for questioning the untouchability of the right to private property, and his words have been linked to Marxism and communism. Last November 30, in a Message on the occasion of the opening of work of the International Conference of member judges of the Committee for Social Rights of Africa and America, Pope Francis said, “We build social justice on the basis of the fact that the...

Towards a World without Borders – Fratelli Tutti!

Pope Francis’ third encyclical By the austraLasia Team   Assisi, Italy, 4 October 2020 — The long-awaited third Encyclical (Circular Letter) of Pope Francis on Universal Human Fraternity (Fratelli Tutti) was signed by the Pontiff in Assisi on 3 October and released on 4 October 2020 – the Feastday of St Francis of Assisi. The 287 paragraphs of the Encyclical are divided into the following chapters: Chapter 1: Dark clouds over a closed World Chapter 2: A Stranger on the Road Chapter 3: Envisaging and engendering an open World Chapter 4: A hear open to the whole world Chapter 5: A better kind of Politics Chapter 6: Dialogue and Friendship in Society The Encyclical ends with a prayer to the Creator (like Laudato Si) Lord, Father of our human family, you created all human beings equal in dignity: pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter, dialogue, justice and peace. Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war. May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth. May we recognize the goodness and beauty that...